College Board’s Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. This course emphasizes a challenging research-based curricula which includes college-level readings, assignments and resources that culminate in a challenging exam. Students will learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. As in introductory college courses, students will need to work inside and outside the classroom and beyond scheduled periods. Homework, such as maintaining a sketchbook or a journal, should support the depth of learning expected of AP students. Constructive, formative critiques—essential in college classes—are equally important. This course uses essential questions that are open-ended queries intended to provoke thought, inquiry, and discussion as well as an understanding related to investigating materials, processes and ideas,making art and design, and presenting art and design. Essential questions offer opportunities for students to consider evidence, challenge assumptions, and support their ideas.
Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate sustained investigation through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include a skillful synthesis of materials.